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We've learned, via Peggy Archer's blog, Totally Unauthorized," that someone has posted a rant about the mall of the moment on the restaurant worker blog, Bitter Waitress (scroll down to find the story, #6 in the queue.

The post details The Grove management's policy of charging mall employees for parking in the mall's parking structure. Due to this policy, many workers park for free outside the lot and face long walks to their cars at night. This can be a health hazard; so far, two workers have been stabbed to death while trying to get to their cars. In April of 2005, a waiter named Eric Gelman was stabbed to death and another waiter was stabbed to death earlier this month (we've looked in vain for a news item about this latest killing. Anybody have more info on this, send it and we'll post an update).

To add insult to injury, Rick Caruso, the The Grove's owner, won't allow employees to park in the parking structure at all on weekends, forcing them to pay $5 a day to park in the CBS TV Studio parking lot, which involves another hike to and from work.